A Stamp Off Shaker Card Challenge

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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is to make a shaker card.  This was a perfect choice since I went to Salt Lake City for Stamping’ Up! OnStage.  They just happen to give up a new stamp set and we were able to buy new In Colors, a punch and some Framelits that are perfect to use for a shaker card!

Painters Palette, Sprinkles Punch

The stamp set is called Painter’s Palette.  It comes with 9 stamps including the easel, some splotches (I don’t know what else to call them) and three sentiments.  It is a very cute set that can be used in a lot of different ways.  The punch is called Sprinkles and is meant to be used with a shaker card.  Here is a close up of some of the shapes that this punch will make.

Painters Palette, Sprinkles Punch

It makes a couple of swirls, a diamond, star, little circles and a couple of others.  I also used three of the new In Colors that will be coming out in the next catalog.  They are Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo.  You will love these new colors!  Lastly, I used a new set of Framelits called Layering Squares to cut out the middle of the easel.  There are 19 dies in this set.  Some are scalloped edged and some are plain squares and they all layer very nicely.


On a side note, today is my granddaughter, Madelyn’s, first birthday (Waffles is giving her a kiss).  I don’t know where the time went.  It is hard to believe she is one already!  Next week I will post some pictures of her first birthday party which will be tomorrow.  A grandmother is allowed to do things that may be fun or may be quirky.  Here is a picture of the dress I bought for Madelyn to wear to her birthday party.  The second I saw it, I knew I had to buy it.  That is a result of having three boys and not being able to buy pretty little girl dresses ever!


Now go check out what amazing shaker cards that Jackie and Buffy made!  I am sure they will be awesome!

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A Present For Buffy

Spiral Flower Originals, Tag A Bag Gift Boxes, #onstage2016

One of the things I love about going to any Stamping’ Up! event is we usually either swap or make little gifts for each other.  This is the gift I made for Buffy.  It was filled with Lindt Chocolates in case she got hungry.  I tried to find coffee flavor because Buffy likes coffee so much but I couldn’t find any.

I used the Big Shot Die called Spiral Flowers.  The die makes it easy to make the flowers.  I think they come out so pretty when you are done and they don’t take a lot of time.  One nice things about the Bigz dies is you can cut out 4 pieces of cardstock at the same time so it save a lot of cranking.  Sadly, this die, as well as all the other Bigz Dies are retiring at the end of May (or while supplies last).   The Doilies are also being retired.  Of course, when I made this for Buffy, I didn’t know what was retiring and what was staying.

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Wetlands Is Staying!


I am so happy that the stamp set called Wetlands is being carried over into the Stamping’ Up! 2016/2017 Annual Catalog.  I love those pipers!  They are all over the beaches in Florida.  They chase the waves when they go out and are so cute to watch.

This was a pretty easy card to make.  I used sponges for the background.  You just pat the sponge on the ink pad and rub it across the card stock.  The more you do it, the darker the color gets.  I used Crumb Cake for the sand, Marina Mist and Pool Party for the water and So Saffron for the sky.

The sentiment was cut out using the Lots Of Labels Framelits.  They are also being carried over into the new catalog!

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Going Global Is Going Away

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Going Global is one of the stamp sets in the 2016 Occasions Catalog that is retiring for good on May 31st (or while supplies last).  Actually, the entire Going Places Suite is retiring.  That includes the stamp set, the Designer Series Paper called Going Places and my favorite, the World Traveler Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  All these items were pretty popular so it surprised me when I saw they weren’t being carried over.  A couple of years ago, I went to a Stamping’ Up! event in Syracuse.  An employee of Stamping’ Up!, Spencer, told me that they actually decide what is going to be carried over way before the catalog even comes out.  I son’t know what they base it on, but I think they made a wrong decision about this set.  The Retirement List coming out is such a sad time of year.  So many of my favorites are leaving.  If you like any of them, buy them before it is too late!  Once they are gone, they are gone for good!

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Bonnie Farley’s Swap Card

Banners & Badges, #onstage2016

Last week I showed you the card I made to swap with Bonnie Farley.  Bonnie is an employee of Stamping’ Up! and she is amazing.  She makes us all laugh and treats everyone like they are her best friend.

A few weeks ago, Stamping’ Up! send out an email to some of the demonstrators who weren’t supposed to get that particular email.  Bonnie decided to give a swap to everyone who got the email in error.  This is the card she gave us.

The great thing about this card is it shows you a bunch of sneak peeks from the 2016 Annual Catalog.  First of all, the color is a new In Color coming out called Flirty Flamingo.  Then the stamp set is a brand new set called Banners & Badges and it has a matching punch!  I actually won this stamp set at the 2016 OnStage convention in Salt Lake City!  Unfortunately, I did not win the punch that goes with it but you know it will be on my must have list!

Lastly, look at that ribbon!  It is one of the new ribbons that will also be in the new catalog.  It comes in all the new In Colors so you will have a choice of five different colors.  Of course, I will have to have them all!  You can order them beginning June 1st.

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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

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Hello again.  It is time for another Stamp Off Sketch Challenge.  Jackie designed this challenge for us.

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Now, before I go any further, I need to clarify something.  I thought Jackie’s sketch challenge was so cute and I had no trouble coming up with an idea until I was almost done.   Then I saw that word “Vellum”.  That word scared me to death.  I rarely use Vellum.  Well, I might even say I never use Vellum but I think I remember using it once, a very, very, very long time ago.  I actually have 19 sheets of it plus some scraps so I must have used it at least once (there are 20 sheets in a pack).  Therefore, Buffy and Jackie, I tried to use Vellum.  I tried in so many different ways and it just wasn’t working.  So, I apologize to both of you ahead of time.  On a side note:  one reason I love participating in the Stamp Off Challenge is because both Jackie and Buffy are pretty easy going so I know they won’t throw me out of the group for not following the rules.

So, here is my Non-Vellum card:

A Number Of Years,

I used the stamp set called Number of Years.  It has a set of matching Framelits and you can save 15% by buying them in a bundle.  The good news is this set of stamps and framelits will be in the next catalog but you won’t be able to get them in a bundle and save money.  The bad news is those cute little balloons were punched out using the Party Pack Punches and are retiring and won’t be in the new catalog. That makes me sad.  I think they are so cute.  If you like them, you need to buy them before they are gone for good!

Now go check out Buffy’s blog HERE and Jackie’s blog HERE.  I am sure they both followed the rules and make amazing projects!

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A Quick & Easy Washi Tape Card

Washi Tape, Rose Wonder

Here is a quick and easy card that you can make in just a couple of minutes.  It uses the 2014-2016 In Color Designer Washi Tape.  Sadly, this Washi Tape Bundle is retiring because (even sadder) these In Colors are retiring this year.  I will miss them because I think they are awesome colors.   The good news is Stamping’ Up! will have more Washi Tape bundles in the new catalog.  In any case, you can use any Washi Tape to make this card.  You just put it along the bottom of the card and then stamp whatever sentiment you wish.  I used a stamp from the set called Rose Wonder which is in the 2015 Occasions Catalog.  Then I just put it on top of a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  I think it took me longer to decide what sentiment to use then to make the card!

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